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Toronto Pearson Airport is testing new electronic gates at Terminal 1 for a ‘smoother, faster experience’


Toronto Pearson International Airport is testing new technology to speed up travel through the airport to combat airport delays.

Pearson and the Canada Border Services Agency said new electronic gates, or eGates, are being tested at the airport for international travelers arriving at Terminal 1.

People aged 16 and over will be able to use the eGates there to verify their identity and submit their customs and immigration declaration details.

“If arriving in Canada through Terminal 1, look for the new electronic gates being tested,” the airport tweeted. “Once fully operational, these eGates will help make customs clearance easier and faster.”

The border agency calls the new technology a “smoother and faster border experience.”

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Half a million passengers suffered delays on international flights at Toronto’s Pearson Airport in May

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In May, half a million passengers experienced delays on international flights at Pearson.

Passengers reported long queues at the airport, constant flight cancellations and reschedulings. The airport cited staff shortages, a post-COVID influx of passengers and delays due to processing COVID-19 protocols such as testing and verifying proof of vaccination.

The airport says travelers entering Canada can still use the ArriveCAN app to submit their mandatory travel and health information.

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